Sunday 18 February 2018

Man who bought prepaid phones did not give his name

Witness Paul Healy
Witness Paul Healy

TWO prepaid Nokia mobile phones were bought by a man who did not wish to give his name at the O2 store on Grafton Street on November 30, 2011, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Day 20 of the trial of architect Graham Dwyer, who denies the murder of Elaine O'Hara on August 22, 2012, heard that at the time of the purchase, customers buying prepaid mobile phones did not have to provide personal details.

O2 employee Paul Healy (right), who sold the two Nokia 616 phones along with two pre-pay SIM starter packs, confirmed that the sales receipt for the phones said "Mr Asked - Not given" on the section where the customer name is. Mr Healy said that each phone came with a number but that there was only one number, 086 1759151, on the sales receipt.

The jury also heard from witnesses, who had been requested by gardai to track down where and when seven separate mobile phone top-ups were purchased.

Ann O'Reilly, manager of An Post's Fraud Investigations Unit, testified that one of the top-ups was purchased on July 3, 2012 in Centra on Cathal Brugha Street. Another was purchased on July 24, 2012 in Ballsbridge Deli on Merrion Road.

Both of those top-ups were for O2, the court heard.

Brian Tobin, operations manager with Payzone, said gardai requested details of five phone credit purchases from him.

He was able to confirm that these were made on March 25, 2011 at the 3 Store on Grafton Street; on November 22 and December 1, 2011 at Jones Deli, Baggot Street; on November 30, 2011 at The Market, Belarmine, Stepaside; and on March 28, 2012 in Centra, Cornelscourt.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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